Joe Biden Encourages Americans to "Re-Commit" Themselves to the Fight in Thanksgiving Address

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While acknowledging that the coronavirus has divided and angered people, the President-elect emphasized that "we need to remember, we’re at war with the virus, not with each other."

Ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, President-elect Joe Biden addressed the nation from Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday, giving a warning to remain vigilant as coronavirus cases continue to soar across the country.

"We find ourselves again facing a long winter," said Biden, adding that the virus has devastated this nation and brought pain, loss and frustration. He noted that 260,000 Americans have died so far, and there have been days where the U.S. has hit 160,000 cases a day. "No one will be surprised if we hit 200,000 cases in a single day."

While acknowledging that the coronavirus has divided and angered people, Biden emphasized that, "we need to remember, we’re at war with the virus, not with each other." He implored others to "re-commit" themselves to the fight."

Referencing Thanksgiving itself, Biden acknowledged that it is hard to care and give thanks, even to look forward. "It's so hard to hope," he said, adding that this year the federal government is asking Americans to forgo the traditions that have made this holiday so special in the past. "This year, we’ll be staying home," said Biden.

The President-elect noted that his Thanksgiving has always involved a big gathering with extended family, but this year, he and his wife will be celebrating just with their daughter and son in law.

He stressed the need for everyone to continue wearing masks, social distancing and limiting the size of group gatherings. "Starting on day one of my presidency, we will take steps to change the course of this disease." Biden said his national coordinated response will include more testing, more protective gear in business and schools and clear guidance for their reopening.

This Thanksgiving season, Biden noted the idea of giving thanks for democracy itself. "More people voted this year than have ever voted in the history of the United States of America." Biden called this moment "simply extraordinary."

While democracy was tested this year, Biden said that the result of the election showed that Americans are up for the tasks ahead. "Progress is possible. We the people have the power to change the course of human events."

He acknowledged that the work ahead will not be easy or quick, but that Americans will "dream big" this holiday season.

Biden ended by wishing all Americans a happy thanksgiving.

Watch Biden's full speech below.